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06 August 2019

BDS Launches New Deer App 

BDS Trustee Director Professor Simon Gibson launched its new deer app on Friday 26th July at The Game Fair 2019.

The official BDS app has been designed for anyone with an interest in UK deer. Key features include information on our deer species, advice related to deer, ability to record a deer sighting and contribute to our survey work, weather, sunrise and sunset times, recipes, useful contacts and more.

Whether you are new to deer or a seasoned deer enthusiast this is the perfect app for you.

Download the app today:
Play Store link:

Apple App Store link:

06 August 2019

New Research Findings – Ticks

BDS members across mainland Britain provided ticks and deer blood samples during 2018  to assist with research project work carried out for Public Health England (PHE), Porton Down.

Researcher Maya Holding adds:

"Thank you very much for BDS’s support and promotion of the study,  it really helped us in recruiting volunteers from across the country. We are planning a follow-up study in the near future and will provide further details in the near future."

Public Health England (PHE)
This week the PHE Communications office reported:

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), which is endemic in many European countries, has been found for the first time in a very small number of ticks in Thetford Forest. These are early research findings and indicate the need for more work, however, the risk to the general public is currently assessed to be very low.

04 August 2019

Jim Taylor Page Trophy Presentation at Moy

A packed BDS stand at The Highland Fieldsports Fair, Moy saw BDS Chairman Professor Rory Putman present the Jim Taylor Page Trophy to Ian Davidson with Highland Branch Chairman and TD Al Monkman overseeing events.

BDS Chairman Professor Rory Putman present the Jim Taylor Page Trophy to Ian Davidson
BDS Chairman Professor Rory Putman present the Jim Taylor Page Trophy to Ian Davidson 

Ian works extremely hard for Highlands Branch and is noted as one of their most willing regular volunteers.

The Jim Taylor Page Trophy is awarded annually to a BDS branch member nominated by their peers for their outstanding contribution to the branch.

03 August 2019

Balfour-Browne Trophy Awarded at The New Forest Show

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity) presented the magnificent Balfour Browne Trophy to BDS member Stan Kemish at the New Forest Show. 

Stan whose first introduction to BDS was at the Society’s Woburn inauguration in 1963, served on Wessex branch committee for over 50 years, latterly as its President.

The New Forest Show made the perfect venue for the award as Stan remembers setting up BDS’s first exhibit at a much earlier show held some forty years ago. 

Lord Gardiner of Kimble presenting the Balfour Browne Trophy to BDS member Stan Kemish at the New Forest Show
Lord Gardiner of Kimble presenting the Balfour Browne Trophy to BDS member Stan Kemish at the New Forest Show

01 August 2019

Deer, Ticks and Lyme Disease

While deer are certainly among the many species of animals and birds, which can act as hosts to, ticks, it might be a mistake to assume that they carry a notable responsibility for encouraging high numbers of them. 

Although there is some evidence that, where deer and other large herbivores such as sheep are absent, the numbers of ticks present in the environment may be reduced, scientific opinion remains uncertain as to whether, once deer and sheep are present, actual numbers have any real effect on overall tick burdens.

Current research on the spread of Lyme disease suggests that deer may only play a very small part, and that it is likely that some species of birds are far more significant carriers of the infective organism.

12 July 2019

Deer Initiative Ltd (DI Ltd) to Cease Operating

Announcement on behalf of The Deer Initiative for England and Wales. 12th July 2019.

After 24 years, Deer Initiative Ltd (DI Ltd), the executive arm of the Deer Initiative Partnership (DIP) is to cease operating at the end of the current financial year 31st March 2020.

The DI was established in 1995 to deliver the objectives of the DIP in the form of advice and guidance and to advocate the sustainable management of wild deer. The organisation has worked with a range of partners across government, academia and the private sector to develop a broader understanding of the need for well-evidenced, effective and humane deer management.

Deer Initiative

12 July 2019

BDS At The Game Fair, Hatfield

Visit us at stand number N1429

Come and meet the BDS team at The Game Fair, Hatfield where this year we will be launching the new BDS Deer App and have tablets on hand so you can try it out. 

Our stand this year includes a new video screen featuring some of this year’s BDS competition winning images along with a new short video created by Matt Roseveare a young award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker.

We are also delighted to have professional photographer Andrew Yates joining us as our guest displaying some of his stunning work and talking about how to capture good images. Andrew trained in Fine Art, Photography and Design and has travelled extensively gathering a myriad of pictorial stories along the way.

Quiller Publishing will be launching Charles Smith-Jones’ new book Practical Deer Management with Charles signing copies on the stand.

11 July 2019

Reminder to the Public About Young Deer

BDS has noted that members of the public are often unaware of how to treat young deer and nursing females they may come into contact with.

Footage came to light this week on Twitter (this has now been removed) showing a playful dog out of control and clearly causing distress to a young deer. Sadly the owner misunderstood this as simply rough play, however, our followers were quick to highlight the real risks this situation presented.

Reminder to the Public About Young Deer